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    Jameel Cook
    34 Jameel Cook
    Hometown:
    Miami, Fla.

    High School:
    Southridge H.S.

    Weight:
    226

    Position:
    FB

    Lettered:
    1998-2000

    2000: Started and played in 10 games, missing one game with knee sprain ... Team's second-leading receiver with 218 yards on 34 receptions ... Scored one touchdown and averaged 21.8 receiving yards per game ... Third-leading rusher on the team with 215 yards and 49 carries ... Had 15 carries for a season-high 78 yards against California ... Rushed for 34 yards on eight attempts vs. Iowa ... Caught six passes against Middle Tennessee for 37 yards, while also adding 24 rushing yards ... Pulled down a career-high seven receptions for 59 yards and carried the ball four times for 16 yards against Michigan ... Had four catches each against Ohio State and at Northwestern, scoring a touchdown against OSU ... Returned one kickoff for 18 yards.

    1999: Switched from halfback to fullback midway through the season, making starts in five of the final six games ... Made immediate impact in first career start at fullback, catching six passes and one TD in comeback win at Michigan ... Had two carries and two receptions against No. 2 Penn State ... Caught his second TD pass two weeks later at Iowa ... Caught seven passes for 100 yards and one TD at Ohio State ... Was dual threat in season finale vs. Northwestern, rushing for 66 yards and catching five passes for 34 yards ... Scored two touchdowns to tie and Illinois bowl record, including a 61-yard TD reception in the Illini's route of Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl ... Ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 26 and first in TD receptions with five.

    1998: Made splashy Illini debut with 42 yards on seven carries at Washington State before injuring foot ... Played in 10 games, gaining 190 yards on 48 carries (4.0 average per carry) ... Rushed for career-high 80 yards on 19 carries at Purdue ... Missed Middle Tennessee State game with sprained foot ... Had eight carries vs. Iowa (12 yards) ... Gained 10 yards on two carries at Penn State ... Gained 37 yards on eight carries at Michigan State... Caught four passes for no yards.

    1997: Enrolled at the University of Illinois, sitting out the season to meet academic requirements.

    High School: Two-time All-Dade County and All-South Dade area running back ... Earned all-region and all-state honors as a senior ... Named to all-district 16-6A all-conference team ... Named to Prep Star All-America squad... Played running back as a junior and fullback as a senior, gaining 2,429 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns in two seasons ... Led the district in rushing as a senior with 1,051 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Also piled up 200 receiving yards as a senior ... Helped Southridge to 20-4 record in two varsity seasons, including district championship and state runner-up finish as a junior ... Southridge finished in state's top 10 both his junior and senior seasons ... High school coach was Mark Guandola ... Won three letters in football and one in baseball as an outfielder.

    Personal: Born Feb. 8, 1979 ... Most memorable moment in sports was scoring twice, including a critical two-point conversion, in victory over arch-rival Killian High School at the Orange Bowl as a junior ... Uncle, David Flowers, was a wrestler at Louisiana State ... Parents are Willie and Gwendolyn Cook ... Served as a counselor at his middle school and was active in youth church activities ... Intends to major in communications and would like to pursue a career as a radio engineer or broadcaster ... Lists Deion Sanders as his favorite athlete.


    CAREER HIGHS

    Receptions: 7 vs. Michigan, 9/23/00 and at Ohio State, 11/13/99
    Rec. Yards: 100 at Ohio State, 11/13/99
    Touchdowns: 2 vs. Virginia, 12/30/99
    Rushing Yards: 80 at Purdue, 10/24/98
    Attempts: 19 at Purdue, 10/24/98
    Long Catch: 61 vs. Virginia, 12/30/99
    Long Run: 27 vs. Northwestern, 11/20/99


    RUSHING STATISTICS

    Year G Att. Yds. Avg. Y/PG TD Long
    1998 10 48 190 4.0 19.0 0 13
    1999 12 19 121 6.4 10.1 0 27
    2000 10 49 215 4.4 21.5 0 17
    TOTAL 32 116 526 4.5 16/4 0 27


    RECEIVING STATS

    Year G Att. Yds. Avg. Y/PG TD Long
    1999 12 26 288 11.1 24.0 5 61
    2000 10 34 218 6.4 21.8 1 18
    TOTAL 22 60 506 8.4 23.0 6 61


    updated 2/09

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